Prepare for the AAMC PREview® Exam

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Prepare for the AAMC PREview® professional readiness exam with free resources from the AAMC.

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Prepare for the AAMC PREview® professional readiness exam with free resources from the AAMC.

The PREview exam is an opportunity to showcase your potential to develop into a well-rounded doctor. Below is free advice, strategies, and preparation resources to help you prepare to complete the PREview exam.

Preparation Resources

There are several steps you can take and resources available to help you prepare for the PREview exam:

  • The AAMC PREview Sample includes sample questions to familiarize you with the structure of exam questions.
  • The AAMC PREview Examinee Preparation Guide explains the format, scoring, competencies assessed, and instructions for taking the exam, and it offers advice and strategies to help you prepare.
  • The AAMC PREview Practice Exams  
    The AAMC offers two free Practice Exams in a PDF format. Each official full-length practice exam PDF includes a scoring key and scoring key rationales to help you become familiar with the exam format, items and scenarios, and the process for evaluating and rating items.
  • The PREview Test Day Experience Video is designed to help you become familiar with the activities that will take place when logging into and taking the PREview exam. It can be helpful for an examinee who is not familiar with our vendor, ProctorU, and it may be especially helpful for students who have not previously taken a remote-proctored, online exam. In the video, we will highlight the check-in process and the key functions and features of the exam platform, as well as submission and check-out.

Preparation Steps

  • Review the nine professional competencies and definitions measured by the PREview exam, as each scenario you encounter will address one or more of these competencies.
  • Familiarize yourself with the AAMC PREview Essentials and what to expect on test day.
  • Log in prior to test day to walk through a tutorial demonstrating the features and functions of the online testing system:
    • After logging in, verify your information is correct and select the “I confirm the above name matches my government issued identification that I will present on test day” box. Click the “Save/Update” button
    • Click the “Schedule Now” button
    • Under “Available Exams,” click the “Write exam” button on the Platform Tutorial row
    • You may take the tutorial as often as you wish until you begin your exam
  • Check out the informational webinar(s) to become more familiar with the PREview exam, including how to register, how to prepare, what to expect on test day, and how participating medical schools are incorporating the PREview into their admissions processes (see the “Preparation Webinars” section).
  • Come to the test rested and focused so you can put your best foot forward.


PREview Podcast

The popular podcast, All Access, provides listeners with a unique view into the medical school admissions process through a series of interviews with key admissions figures from around the country. The host, Christian Essman of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, invited the PREview team to talk about the exam and answer a lot of questions from a test taker’s perspective. The conversation was a lot of fun and is a wonderful way for PREview test takers to learn about the exam. Listen to the PREview team on the All Access podcast!

PREview Webinars

Interested in learning about updates to the 2024 PREview testing year and resources to help you get ready for the exam? Watch the recording of the AAMC PREview Exam Nuts-n-Bolts webinar to learn about scheduling a testing session, accessing the practice exam and other preparation materials, workspace and environmental preparation, taking the exam and sharing scores with schools.

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